an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment: Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.
the object, state, or result desired or sought after: The crown was his ambition.
desire for work or activity; energy: I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition.
verb (used with object)
to seek after earnestly; aspire to.

1300–50; Middle English ambicio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin ambitiōn- (stem of ambitiō), equivalent to amb- ambi- + -i- go + -t- past participle suffix + -iōn- -ion

ambitionless, adjective
ambitionlessly, adverb
preambition, noun
superambition, noun

1. aspiration, yearning, longing. 2. goal, aim. 3. drive, force. Unabridged
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ambition (æmˈbɪʃən)
1.  strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
2.  something so desired; goal; aim
[C14: from Old French, from Latin ambitiō a going round (of candidates), a striving to please, from ambīre to go round; see ambit]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from L. ambitionem (nom. ambitio) "a going around (to solicit votes)," from ambitus, pp. of ambire "to go around" (see ambient). Rarely used in the literal sense in English; the sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment" goes back to the Latin.
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Example sentences
The desire to read ahead is supposed to signal ambition and achievement.
Grayson's youthful ambition was to sing opera, but she wasn't able to
  accomplish that dream until after her movie career ended.
We disagree, and I don't have the ambition to pursue the argument further.
It was a simple, modest ambition.
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